Tom Dixon today is one of Britains most well-known designers and it’s safe to say he got there by accident. Looking at his life, career and designs here is everything you need to know about the very humble designer…
Who is Tom Dixon?
Born in Sfax, Tunisia Tom Dixon and his family relocated to Huddersfield in the North of England when he was young, describing it as quite the culture shock. Attending Holland Park comprehensive school which was known as quite a rough school, Tom Dixon often escaped to the art department, experimenting with clay and other materials.
In the early 80s,’ Dixon left school and played as a bass player in the Brit-funk band Funkapolitan. ‘everyone was in a band back then.’ A couple of years, gigs in a Notting Hill Gate Wimpy and an appearance on Top of the Pops later and the band folded, with Dixon moving into the nightclub business. It was during that time that the foundations of his furniture business were laid. He taught himself welding because he thought,
it might be good to do some live welding on stage. Then I started making things as ideas suggested themselves. There were people in the club like [the photographer] Mario Testino who wanted to buy things, and a hairdresser let me do a mirror for him. The furniture-making took off quite quickly.